Leon James
1987
Religious Behaviorism

Swdenborg's  Ennead of Religion
 
 



1/2/3 = {Spiritual Development} successive degrees

A1-3 / C 3-1 / P 3-1 = Simultaneous Degrees (Externalization of Life)

P2 / C2 / A2 = (Internalization of Truth)


-C1    I would be happy if I had everything I wanted -- that is my heaven.

+C1    The endeavor to obtain that which one considers would make one happy-- the American dream is to attempt the insane task of  building a  tower that will reach to heaven (Gen. 11:4, Hyatt p.221 FS.)

+C2    To be really happy is to read heaven. (Hyatt 222)

+C2    "Unless there were the word (Divine Revel.) no one would know God, Heaven, a Hell, & a life a life after death, & still learn the Lord." (TCR 273)

+C2    Only religion can tell us what it is to be really happy ("really happy" = "heaven" = "spiritual idea")

-C1    What I love, that is good.

-A1    I'm in the endeavor to subdue others to my will.

+C1     When all give up their own will forth way that God's will be done, then each can have happiness.

-P1    To act from one's own will, & what seems good to one.

+P1    To do that which I compel myself to do for the will of God's will.

+C2    All the truth & good I have, or anyone has comes from God, hence, is God's while we have none from ourselves.

+C2    Acting from self is evil: from evil, about evil & for the sake of evil. (evil = what is destructive of good)

[e.g. unfairness, depression, delusion, competitiveness, lust, stupidity, stubbornness, resistance]

+P2    Daily study or orientation or involvement with Holy Scriptures (Divine revelations -- external in part of truth) qua Holy, i.e. communication with God through prayers from Holy Scriptures & reflection (study) upon their meaning.

+P2    Acting from a religious motive e.g. [love of neighbor][ as commandment][externalize,][as altruism & honesty.]

+A2    Feeling a desire to fulfill a commandment from a desire to please God.

+A3    Feeling influx, e.g. willing good while denying self & evil & thus being conscious that will is as-of-self will, entirely God's & none of it is ours!

-A3    Feeling influx & doubting the whole thing. ("Maybe I'm making up all of this")


+A1 = social conscious (from conditioning)

+A2 = moral conscious (justice from humanity)

+A3 = religious conscious (charity from lord)
 

REL 1
 
 

COGNITIVE


 
 
EXTERNAL INTERNAL
PERCEPTIONS (primary drives) THOUGHTS (secondary drives)
metaphoric representative
parables, myths, metaphors models, paraphoric, titles
EXPERIENTIAL KNOWING SYMBOLIC MANIPULATION
feeling (proximal) seeing (divine)
touch sight
Realizing
Recognizing
Perceiving
Sensing
Understanding
Apprehending
Discerning
 
Categorizing
Integrating
SYNTHESES
Contrasting
Analysis